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Menlo Park water district rate changes approved

Original post made on Jul 22, 2015

After making sure they understood the reasons why they had little choice about doing it, the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted new rates for the city's municipal water district.

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Posted by Steve Taffee
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Few people like rate increases, but this is one that I agree with. Water is an extraordinarily valuable resource and decades of economic data prove that there's a correlation between increasing costs and decreasing consumption.

The challenge, however, is making sure that such programs are not regressive, disproportionately hurting the poor. For those who believe that access to clean water is a basic human right you can see where many residents in Menlo Park may easily shrug off an increase to their water bill of $11 per month or $132 per year. But for residents whose wages fall below $11 an hour significant. Hopefully, the city will publicize CalWaters Low-Income Rate Assistance Program along with the new rate structure to reach out to those in need.

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Posted by Mary Rodgers
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

I have been conserving water as best I can for several years. My most recent water bill was twice as high as previous bills.

Other than the rate hike, I fear that the underground pipes used to convey water from the outdoor spigots to minimal outdoor watering are leaking. They are probably 50 plus years old).

Does anyone know of a reliable plumber who knows how to detect and repair failing underground outdoor watering pipes? My phone number is 650-322-0466. I live in the Willows.

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Posted by Mary Rodgers
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Can anyone refer a plumber who knows how to detect underground leaks associated with crumbling underground outdoor pipes? The house piping/sewers/etc.are fine. The yard pipes are at least 50 years old, and I have no idea where they are. HELP!!

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.


a simple way to confirm you have a leak:

1. make sure all faucetsand anything else that uses water in the house is off.
2. open the meter box and place a mark on the dial where the pointer is at when you open it.
3. don't use any water for thirty minutes.
4. check the meter. If the needle has moved you have a leak. If it hasn't you don't and you don't need to waste money on a leak detection company.
5. if the needle has moved check your toilets. Put some food coloring in the tank (not the bowl). If the color shows up in the bowl you have a leaking toilet valve. A plumber can fix that.
7. if it's not leaking toilets or faucets THEN it's time to call a leak detection company.

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